December 30, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Is Hospitalized…

Filed under: General — Rose @ 11:59 pm

The initial report is here.

Our thoughts & prayers are with Rush.

UPDATE, Dec. 31, 8 a.m. (from Tom): Whew


UPDATE 2, Dec. 31 (from Tom): Via the NY Daily News

Conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh remained in “good, stable condition” Thursday after he was admitted to a Hawaii hospital for chest pains.

Limbaugh’s guest host Walter Williams told listeners the talk radio king “continues to rest very comfortably” at a Honolulu hospital, where doctors planned a complete medical exam.

Rush DU Reax Collection: Someone’s Gotta Note It

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 11:55 pm

Your truly put on the hazmat suit and visited Democratic Underground a bit ago.

To be fair, there are several DUmmies calling for restraint.

To be accurate, there are a lot of commenters who aren’t paying it any heed.

Click here or on the picture to see samples of many of the reactions in a new window (warning: Very foul language and harsh sentiments):



UPDATE, 1:00 a.m.: Except for the lack of expletives, the hateful comments at the Honolulu source article aren’t any better.

Dumb-Funny Video of the Day

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:00 pm

Yeah, it’s dumb (HT newly and long-overdue blogrolled Temple of MUT), but it’s December 30, and I’m tired of the news (at least for a night).

Besides, it’s good to see that there’s at least one dog out there who is smarter than the people who cast 66,882,230 votes for Barack Obama in November 2008:

Consolation: That 66.9 million is less than 30% of the adult (18 and over) population — and that’s before subtracting out ACORN-inspired duplicates.

Related question: I wonder if pollsters end up throwing out 2/3 or more of their respondents as not likely voters? My guess: Not likely.

Flight 253: Media Ignoring Two-Day Gap Between Preliminary AQ Linkage and Obama Team’s ‘Some Linkage’ Acknowledgment

Obama122909UPDATE, Jan. 1, 2010: This post shows that the there was recognition of likely Al Qaeda involvement in two separate press reports based on sources in a position to know on Christmas evening. Thus, the administration’s delay in acknowledging that reality was actually three full days.


In their initial December 26 report (“Passengers’ Quick Action Halted Attack”) on the attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253, New York Times reporters Scott Shane and Eric Lipton told readers that the “episode …. riveted the attention of President Obama on vacation in Hawaii.”

In an article later that day (“Officials Point to Suspect’s Claim of Qaeda Ties in Yemen”), Lipton and Eric Schmitt reported that:

…. officials said the suspect (Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab) told them he had obtained explosive chemicals and a syringe that were sewn into his underwear from a bomb expert in Yemen associated with Al Qaeda.

The authorities have not independently corroborated the Yemen connection …. But a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said on Saturday that the suspect’s account was “plausible,” and that he saw “no reason to discount it.”

Any reasonable person would say that this second report establishes “reason to believe that there is some linkage” between the suspect and Al Qaeda, and that a “riveted” president would have known that there was “some linkage” by Saturday night. That’s why the following opener to a Washington Post item by Anne E. Kornblut dated yesterday is especially hard to take:

President Obama and his top advisers received new information Monday night about the attempted airliner attack in Detroit that has led them to believe there is “some linkage” with al-Qaeda, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

That’s also why the following statement included in remarks made by the president at 11:26 Hawaiian Time on Tuesday (4:26 p.m. Eastern) beggars belief:

I wanted to speak to the American people again today because some of this preliminary information that has surfaced in the last 24 hours raises some serious concerns.

For cryin’ out loud, they had what they needed to make a “some linkage” statement more than 48 hours earlier. Yet Obama and his peeps are acting as if they didn’t learn anything important until …. Monday night, “coincidentally” after a speech that was panned by almost all who saw it, ranging from Charles Krauthammer to Maureen Dowd, as a dreadful dud. Give me a break.

Yet Kornblut and others in the media are swallowing the administration’s rendition hook, line and sinker, or are pretending to. The Associated Press’s version, courtesy of Philip Elliott and Lolita C. Baldor, seems deliberately gullible, while also portraying Obama as the supposedly tough guy:

Obama wants answers after botched terror attack

President Barack Obama is demanding answers on why information was never pieced together by the U.S. intelligence community to trigger red flags about an alleged terrorist and possibly prevent his botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner.

…. Officials said Obama chose to make his second statement in as many days after a morning briefing offered him new information about the suspect’s activities and thinking, along with al-Qaida’s plans.

Even if there was even legitimate new information, based on what the whole world knew on Saturday night, it would have moved them from “some linkage” to “strong linkage,” not from nothing to “some.”

The only thing “new” was the PR problem Obama’s listless performance on Monday presented. The establishment media ignored its own reports in giving him an undeserved lifeline.

Cross-posted at


UPDATE: Actually, AP’s report on Christmas evening at 7:28 p.m. (“AP sources: Al-Qaida link in failed plane attack”; saved at my web host; hi guys, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :–>) tells us that AP’s sources had an AQ link figured out within hours of the plane’s landing.

So “some linkage” was surmised virtually from the get-go. Even after allowing for a few hours of i-dotting and t-crossing, Team Obama didn’t acknowledge the obvious for roughly three full days (Friday evening until Monday evening) after everyone with a brain (that would appear to exclude Janet Incompetano Napolitano) knew.

Lucid Links (123009, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Jake Tapper Tweets (at about 2PM yesterday; HT Tim Graham at NewsBusters via NB-mail; internal link added by me):

I’ve asked the WH twice now about the executive order the president signed exempting Interpol from certain laws. No response.

Don’t spend all day and night waiting by the Blackberry, Jake.


You can’t make this up (HT CQ Politics Political Wire) —

President Obama and his top advisers received new information Monday night about the attempted airliner attack in Detroit that has led them to believe there is “some linkage” with al-Qaeda, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

Follow my semi-live post on Friday night (see Updates 9A, B, and C), and you’ll see that there was “reason to believe there is ‘some linkage’” within 12 hours of the plane’s landing.

In related news, the administration received “new information” late Tuesday night that there is “some linkage” between the Cincinnati Bengals and the 2009 NFL Playoffs.


At the New York Post, Ralph Peters says we’re “Lying to Ourselves.”

That we are:

On Christmas Day, an Islamist fanatic tried to blow up an airplane whose passengers were mostly Christians. And we helped.

…. We proclaim that the terrorists “don’t represent Islam.” OK, whom do they represent? The Franciscans? We don’t get to decide what’s Islam and what isn’t. Muslims do. And far too many of them approve of violent jihad.

It gets worse. Instead of focusing on the religious zeal and inspiration of our enemies and how such motivations change the game, our “terrorism experts” agonize over whether such beasts as Abdulmutallab or Maj. Hasan, the Fort Hood assassin for Allah, are really members of al Qaeda or not.

…. al Qaeda’s far more than a formal organization; it’s an idea, a cause. If a terrorist says he’s al Qaeda, he is, even if he doesn’t have a union card from Jihadi Local 632.

…. With our lies, self-deception and self-flagellation, we’re terror’s little helpers.

George W. Bush gets demerits here for sticking with the default “Religion of Peace” mantra long after it was obviously discredited. This administration is attempting to take that practiced naivete to a new level.

All Muslims aren’t jihadists, but virtually all jihadists claim to be Muslims, and all too many Muslims appear to quietly sympathize with jihadists’ goals and fail to repudiate their actions. It isn’t that difficult to say, and it has the distinct advantage of being true.


Checkbook journalism gone wild.


Let them eat wood:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has ordered his staff to revise a computerized forecasting model that showed that climate legislation supported by President Obama would make planting trees more lucrative than producing food.

Since changing everyone’s digestive system to accommodate a high timber diet seems out of the question, food prices would have to go way up to encourage the needed production. This would lower standards of living across the board.

I’ll bet that’s not figured into the estimated costs per family of cap and trade legislation.

Positivity: Martha Mason (1937-2009)

Filed under: Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From the New York Times Magazine (HT Anchoress):

Published: December 22, 2009

…. In 1948, polio came for the children of Willard and Euphra Mason of Lattimore, N.C. First it took 13-year-old Gaston, killing him in days. His sister, Martha, grief-stricken, terrified, knew on the day of her brother’s funeral that her aching muscles meant she was sick, too. She decided she would not go to bed: she would outrun the disease. But she could fight sleep for only so long, and she woke to her weeping mother mopping her forehead. At a hospital an hour away, she heard her mother say, when told to go home, that she had no home to go to. Instead, Mrs. Mason got a job at the hospital. When her daughter was transferred to another facility, she got a job there too.

An iron lung looks like an enormous metal coffin or a 19th-century rocket ship: only its occupant’s head is left outside, a tight seal around the neck. A series of pumps inflate and deflate the lungs. For Martha Mason, age 11, now a quadriplegic, the iron lung was a rocket ship home. After a year in the hospital, doctors sent her back to Lattimore in a machine paid for by the March of Dimes and told her parents to make her last year alive a happy one.

One day she noticed a copy of Marcus Aurelius’s “Meditations” on a bookshelf and read it. “Take away the complaint, ‘I have been harmed,’ and the harm is taken away,” it said. “Sometimes I pretended that my brother had left ‘Meditations’ there for me,” she wrote later. She lived that year, and the next. Her high-school teachers brought lessons to her every afternoon; her parents moved with her to the campus of a local junior college, and then to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, where she attended class by intercom and majored in English. She graduated first in all three classes. Flat on her back, she’d outrun the disease after all.

Since childhood she had dreamed of being a writer. She went to Vanderbilt University Hospital — she’d heard rumors of muscle transplants that might allow her to hold a pen — where she learned to type with a mouth stick. It made her feel like a trained seal. Instead, in Lattimore she wrote feature stories for the local paper, with her mother, Euphra, acting as amanuensis, as she had for Martha’s college papers. A year later her father had a heart attack, and Euphra, exhausted, said she could not take care of him and her daughter and her daughter’s career. Despite her ambition, Martha Mason didn’t write much of anything for more than 30 years.

She entertained instead. She gave dinner parties with the iron lung pulled up to the table (her mother allowed wine in the house as long as guests took away the bottles, so as not to give the trash man the wrong impression); read books (at first with the help of a human page turner, and then with an electronic one); and watched videotapes of her traveling friends. “My story’s been one of joy, one of wonderful experiences,” she told a reporter.

In 1994, a computer, Internet access and voice-recognition software changed her life again. Now from the iron lung she could answer the phone, turn on lights, switch television channels, read newspapers — and write. “Words, which have floated in my head for almost a half century, have finally found a place to drop anchor,” she wrote in her memoir, “Breath: Life in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung.” ….

Go here for the full story.